Secret Neighbor review
Secret Neighbor is a multiplayer horror game that relies on elaborate tactics and social interaction. Join 5 other players and try to sneak into the basement of your creepy Neighbor’s house – but don’t trust your teammates blindly.
The main concept is simple. You join a group of kids that are trying to rescue their friend from the basement of their mysterious Neighbor. But the basement door is locked, so your party needs to look for the keys around the house. However, one of your teammates is the Neighbor in disguise, and his main goal is to lead you astray and prevent your party from succeeding.
These mechanics really help Secret Neighbor stand out in its niche, making social interactions between players almost as crucial for your success as gadgets or abilities. Playing as the Neighbor, you have to convince other kids that you are one of them – or to make another teammate look like a traitor. And then it’s all about taking the intruders by surprise and using your arsenal on them.
And when you play as the real intruder, you have to be especially cautious and coordinate your party’s actions effectively, never trusting even the most helpful of your teammates completely. This atmosphere of suspense is what makes Secret Neighbor so entertaining, but it also makes the game really demanding in terms of your communication skills.
The controls are intuitive, so you can concentrate on exploring and communicating. Even the interface is rather minimalistic, and you get only the most important information about your character, including your health bar and your abilities. All in all, the game feels very smooth and dynamic, being simple in its essence – but really hard to master.
Replay Value 5/5
Despite the fact that the gameplay is limited to one huge location, the replay value of Secret Neighbor is rather high. Every round involves exploring the house and looking for the keys and other valuable loot, but that loot spawns in different places, so you never know where to look first.
Secret Neighbor shares the distinct visual style of the Hello Neighbor series, so the graphics are not too good or realistic. However, that style matches the overall atmosphere of the game very well, the lighting effects are great, and the animations are funny and detailed, including the animations of special abilities.
The sound effects are great, and staying constantly aware of your surroundings is crucial for your success, so it’s recommended to play the game with a good stereo. And be sure to use a suitable microphone to communicate with your teammates, because that constitutes a great portion of the fun.